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Nominations are open for the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards® National Campaign Honoring Heroic and Loving Dogs for Twelfth Year

Boca Raton, FL – American Humane, the nation’s premier national animal welfare organization, announced the official launch of the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards campaign. The 12th annual year-long campaign aims to identify and honor the best of our best friends and will culminate this fall with the American Humane Hero Dog Awards gala on November 11 in Palm Beach. The event reaches and is attended by millions of animal lovers around the world.​​

Dog owners across the country are invited to visit and nominate their hero dog in one of seven categories. This fall, the top dog in each category will appear at the star-studded red carpet awards gala and one of the seven will be named America’s Hero Dog of the Year – the most prestigious honor a dog can receive.

The seven categories for 2022 are: Law Enforcement and Detection Dogs, Military Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Assistance Dogs, Shelter Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs and Guide Dogs / hard of hearing. Following the nomination period, which ends March 16, 21 semi-finalists (the top three in each category) will be chosen in a first round of public voting. The second round, comprising a combination of public votes and celebrity judges, will narrow the field to seven category finalists who will then compete, through a final round of public voting and celebrity judges, for the title of 2022. American Hero Dog.

Over the past twelve years, Americans have voted millions of times for thousands of dogs, all vying for the coveted title of American Hero Dog. The program attracts the support and participation of top celebrity dog ​​lovers from around the world. Hosts, judges, award presenters and entertainment acts have included Vivica A. Fox, Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, Betty White, Ariel Winter, Rebecca Romijn, Faithe Herman, Marcus Scribner, Dean Cain, Katharine McPhee, Shannen Doherty, Whoopi Goldberg, Denise Richards, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chelsea Handler, Martin Short, Jewel, Wilson Phillips, Carson Kressley, Miranda Lambert, Pauley Perrette, Kristin Chenoweth, Naomi Judd, Eric Stonestreet, Fred Willard, Danica McKellar and many more others.

“Whether protecting us on the battlefield, helping us through medical challenges, or simply brightening our spirits with an enthusiastic kiss after a hard day, dogs save and improve our lives every day,” said Dr Robin Ganzert. , President and CEO of American Humane. . “The American Humane Hero Dog Awards are our way of saluting our best friends and we invite all dog lovers to take a few minutes to recognize the love, skill and loyalty these remarkable animals show us every day by nominating their companion. canine.”

Key dates for the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards competition include:

  • Appointments: January 13 – March 16
  • 1st ballot: March 30 – May 12
  • 2nd ballot: June 2 – July 22
  • 3rd round of voting: from August 5 to September 13
  • Hero Dog Awards Gala: November 11

For more information on the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, including complete contest rules and entry information, visit

About American Humane

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